Police: Shoplifters in custody after crash near I-44 and Elm

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WEBSTER GROVES, Mo. – A shoplifting incident turned violent inside a store and then on the streets. Cops cars were rammed and people were hurt Friday night. Three people were taken into custody following a crash near Interstate 44 and Elm.

Maplewood police said one of the shoplifting suspects punched a Marshalls’ employee in the face and all three took off. Authorities said they first hit a Maplewood patrol car. Fortunately, the officer inside was not injured.

A witness said the suspects did not exit the Marshalls’ parking lot at a signal light but instead drove across a field where they jumped onto Big Bend headed south.

“I think it was just loud when they hit us, so she was pretty scared,” said one woman, who asked not to be identified.

She and her one-year-old daughter were in their SUV when the mother said the shoplifting suspects smashed into her vehicle three times.

“Got me out of the way so they could get away from Marshall’s, wherever they were,” she said.

Along the way, they apparently crashed into a Shrewsbury patrol car. That officer suffered non-serious injuries. Finally, the car flipped as they were trying to get onto the interstate.

“It was horrible. I didn’t know what was really going on,” the woman said. “Hope for the best and call 911. I think a lot of people got hurt; hopefully, everyone’s okay. Luckily we’re okay.”

The woman said her daughter was not injured, just scared by the loud noises.

The Maplewood police chief identified the three suspects as a 28-yea- old woman and two men, ages 25 and 32. All three were apparently were injured when their vehicle rolled but they are getting a fit for confinement at the hospital.

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